I've listened several days now after being told how reasoned TH was and how willing to engage the opposition, and I certainly appreciate his tone in this regard. However, I thought TH or listeners might appreciate my noting what I detected today as a slight overstepping.
TH was discussing how Terry Jones' actions were more harmful than general big-name conservative negativity. What I object to is not the characterization of pundits as destructive (though I mostly disagree), but with saying an argument could be made that some violence might have been inspired by, say, Michael Savage, given that a perpetrator (I forget whom) was found to have such a book. As Mark Levin said of Loughner, the media didn't give equal weight to the possibility of his being from the left given his possession of The Communist Manifesto. I submit this recent event is worthy of heeding by one with TH's measured reputation.
I'm sure many listeners were bothered by Limbaugh's song "Barack The Magic Negro" which TH mentioned today with lament. I have no reservations about inviting people to feel better by realizing such humor is not inappropriate for one whom many specifically voted FOR with great hopes, in part for the very reason of his race. (BTW, I'm not familiar with the lyrics as I'm not a fan of RL's show; I'm referring to the concept.)
I very much liked his last week's quoting of the German who didn't mind paying 60% or more in taxes because he didn't want to be rich in a poor country. I hope more Americans--and especially those in power, where the problem really seems to lie--come to appreciate that we're all impoverished by trying to crowd into one good country instead of people from elsewhere feeling they can prosper with their families and homelands and not ceding their resources to despots. I sincerely don't mean this as inflammatory, as inflamed as I feel by the destruction of my city so special interests can import poverty rather than alleviate it.
Finally, I don't know whether comments on Hightower's reports belong here, but let me just say that his point about how the Japan disasters affected our economy are quite legitimate--but as a new listener, I don't know whether he or others were arguing against disaster-prone outsourcing BEFORE the quake, any more than Democrats were pushing for a repeal of the Electoral College in the 1990s.